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A Government Worth Fighting For

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 2, 2018–It’s headline news these days that dozens of incumbent Congressmen are retiring for what they say are the rewards of “private life.” What are we to make of this rush to the exits? There is no question but that things are insane and dysfunctional in […]

by February 2, 2018 Commentary

News Shorts, Feb. 19-25, 2018

  Trump Administration Budget Means Slashes in Crucial Investments for the Future Feb. 18, 2018—From the standpoint of the American System of Economics, the nation’s commitment to the frontiers of science is a crucial parameter indicating whether it is on the path to progress. For our purposes today, two of […]

by February 19, 2018 News Shorts

A Good Speech on Abraham Lincoln’s Early Life

Up From Obscurity: The Influence of Lincoln’s Early Life on His Thought and Politics (The following speech was presented on Feb. 11, 2018 by Michael Lynch, director of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee.. The venue was a meeting of MOLLUS, the Military […]

by February 14, 2018 Commentary

News Shorts, Feb. 12-18, 2018

  Stock Market Dives Catch Congress and Trump Flat-footed; Where is Glass-Steagall? Feb. 11, 2018—The major dives on the stock market last week shouldn’t have taken anyone in Washington by surprise, but it should finally grab their attention.  If it does, they will turn their minds to the legislation to […]

by February 12, 2018 News Shorts

Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and the American System

By Rochelle Ascher A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 1 1809-1849 By Sidney Blumenthal Simon & Schuster, 2016, 576 pp Feb. 10, 2018–As someone who has made the study of Abraham Lincoln a major part of my adult life, I can say that this book is one […]

by February 10, 2018 Commentary

News Shorts for Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2018

Uproar Grows Over Lack of Federal Disaster Relief Feb. 4, 2018—Political pressure is mounting on Congress over the fact that the $81 billion disaster relief bill passed by the House in December continues to languish, with little visible prospect of passage by the Senate. The Puerto Rican situation, where approximately […]

by February 4, 2018 News Shorts

Has Chuck Schumer Opened the Door to the American System?

Jan. 31, 2018—In an op-ed published in the Washington Post on the eve of President Trump’s State of the Union address, Senate Democratic minority leader Chuck Schumer urged the President to propose “a substantial investment in our nation’s infrastructure.” Among the historical examples which he raised was none other than […]

by January 31, 2018 Infrastructure, News

A Man for This Season: Robert F. Kennedy, From Conservative to Revolutionary

A Book Review Bobby Kennedy, A Raging Spirit Chris Matthews Simon & Schuster, 2017, 352 pp. by Angela Vullo Jan. 29, 2018—My purpose in this review, like that of author Matthews, is to address the question of Robert F. Kennedy’s true identity in American politics. I believe that Matthews, proceeding […]

by January 29, 2018 Commentary

New Shorts, Jan. 20-28, 2018

OECD Official at Davos Warns of New Global Crash Jan. 27, 2018—All was not happy talk at the confab of the financial elite in Davos, Switzerland this week. Speaking at the Davos World Economic Forum, economist William White, a veteran of the Bank for International Settlements, and currently head of […]

by January 28, 2018 News Shorts

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan: Where’s the Beef?

  by Nancy Spannaus Jan. 25, 2018—The Jan. 22 leak of an outline of President Trump’s national infrastructure plan, which he says he will announce at his Jan. 30 State of the Union address, has amped up the national discussion on infrastructure funding. On Jan. 24, the President told a […]

by January 26, 2018 Commentary, News